YMMV / Battleship

The board game:

  • Goddamned Bats: The two-peg patrol boat is this. Its small profile allows a lucky player to turn around the entire game even if they're at a disadvantage. Conversely, managing to sink the thing early on makes winning a whole lot easier.
  • Memetic Mutation: "You sank my battleship!" tends to get used as a Stock Shout-Out in all sorts of places.

The film:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The aliens as a peaceful expedition. They repeatedly avoid harming non-threatening humans and only fire when fired upon, which raises the possibility that they were not invaders or scouting for an attack but peaceful, and twitchy humans botched first contact.
    • Alex as an arrogant screw-up who got lucky throughout the film. That this fits well with his early film portrayal makes it even easier.
  • Awesome Music: Thun-der!
  • Critical Research Failure: The use of "Fortunate Son", a explicitly antiwar Vietnam era song, in a very military-centric movie. Notable record producer Rick Rubin, as music supervisor, ought to have known much better.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The warwheels are the only interesting "characters" in the movie.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why were the Australian F-18s were first on the scene? It's because they don't have carriers and those F-18s couldn't land but can be refueled in the air from American midair refuelers. They were already in the air when the shields went down.
    • While the club-hauling maneuver shouldn't work, the Iowa class has a different rapid braking maneuver called a "barn door stop" that works very well: The engines are put into full reverse and simultaneously the large twin rudders are both cranked to centerline, virtually eliminating water flow under the ship. Doing so stops a 45,000 ton battleship within its own 700-foot length. Of course, such a rapid stop means every single unsecured object on the ship winds up on the nearest forward bulkhead. Combining club-hauling with a barn door stop at least is in the logical neighborhood of possibly working.
  • Fridge Horror: So yeah, the day is saved, but think about it. This is an organized military invading Earth that lost its means of communication. Sooner or later search and rescue parties will be sent, and as soon as they get word out about us...
  • Fridge Logic: Just how did they get the Missouri fueled, loaded, and generally back into fighting condition in only a few hours?
    • It was noted that she had enough fuel on board for a short cruise and the shells were probably already on board for museum purposes. The powder and the fact that the shells were still armed, however...
      • Supposedly, the Navy only allowed the four Iowa-class battleships (Iowa, Missouri, New Jersey, and Wisconsin) to be used as museum ships on the condition that they be kept somewhat combat-ready. As anyone who has visited any of these ships can tell you, the main battery turrets, ammo hoists, magazines, and most of the engineering spaces remain off-limits to visitors. So it could be plausible, unlike most of the movie.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Battleship notably made over $200 million overseas before opening in the U.S. While the film was largely ignored in America, European markets such as the UK helped it make four times more overseas than it did in the US. This might be because the movie had an Audience-Alienating Premise for Americans: it was based on a board game, and the sheer absurdity of making a movie out of a plotless toy made Americans turn away in droves before it even came out. Outside of the USA, the original "Battleship" board game is either unknown or is known by a different name, so overseas audiences were more easily able to view the movie at face value.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Everything on this movie is big!
  • Lightning Bruiser or Mighty Glacier: Missouri is only slightly slower than the Aegis missile destroyers, her sixteen-inch main guns fire shells weighing 2700 pounds, and she can take a beating that would kill a modern ship. However, while straight-line fast, she's terribly unmaneuverable and accelerates/decelerates very slowly and thus doesn't dodge well. YMMV as to which of these actually applies, as the movie-version of the Missouri does things that it simply cannot in real life.
  • Mis-blamed: Critics of this movie often go on about it being another mindless Michael Bay flick. It was directed and produced by Peter Berg.
  • Narm:
    • Is this the first time that a movie's very existence, even on the most basic conceptual level, been so narmy?
    • The scene with the veterans stepping up to help prepare and launch the Missouri again, especially when aged veterans in an ancient ship dramatically outperform modern vessels against the aliens. Goes straight into Narm Charm for some.
    • "Mahalo, motha—*CENSORED DUE TO PG-13 RATING*."
  • Narm Charm: Don't take it too seriously and you might just have some fun.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The shots of the interior of the Samson taking on water after being hit by the aliens' weaponry, which includes sailors yelling for help as the compartments they're in start to fill up.
  • Never Live It Down: Whenever people discuss Rihanna's acting ability, it's practically a guarantee that this film will be brought up.
  • Retroactive Recognition: That techie at the SETI radar installation would later find a new job in advertising.
  • Signature Scene: "Mahalo, motherf-"
  • So Okay, It's Average: Seems to be the consensus amongst those who didn't find it as bad as it could be.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: A Rock Beats Laser maritime battle complete with discredited captain and unlikely crew? It's Down Periscope but Darker and Edgier!
  • Tear Jerker: Stone's death. Made even worse when you remember that the last thing Alex said to him was "I'm sorry I let you down." And the last shot of him is standing on the ship's deck, scanning the seas for Alex.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Liam Neeson gives a very noble performance as a naval captain; yet he doesn't seem to be aware that he's a naval captain fighting off an alien invasion in a movie based on a board game. Contrast with Rihanna, who's clearly having fun with her role; and Taylor Kitsch trying to hold his own.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Some of the same people who worked on Transformers, as well as Double Negative VFX from John Carter and Image Engine from District 9, worked on the special effects in this film, and it shows.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Even though her acting was fairly decent, why the hell was Rihanna in this film? (Answer: The director saw an interview and her hosting of Saturday Night Live and was sufficiently impressed.)